Government shutdown epic fail

Well, the manufactured crisis is almost over. Republicans did real political damage to their party and will basically receive nothing in return. The American people still don’t know what they were trying to accomplish by this blatant act of economic sabotage. It’s a mystery why the GOP didn’t learn their lesson from the 1995-96 shutdown.

The reliance on crisis-driven governing since the House changed hands in the 2010 elections has already cost 900,000 jobs, according to a study commissioned by the conservative Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Austerity budgeting has also hampered the excruciatingly slow economic recovery from Bush’s Great Recession. I know, at election time the GOP strategy will be to blame “the Obama economy,” and hope low-information voters will buy that.

I think voters will remember the Republican Shutdown of 2013. Especially federal employees who got furloughed or forced to work without a paycheck. The whole fiasco was completely unnecessary, because there was always a majority of both houses of Congress in favor of avoiding a shutdown, and then for re-opening the government.

Speaker Boehner has relented, and will now let the House members vote – probably late tonight. FDL’s Jon Walker:

Boehner basically let the government shut down for three weeks, did significant damage to the economy, showed his own weakness and destroyed his party’s brand just to try to hold on to his position. A position that is almost meaningless because he has proved he has almost no actual power. He preferred to let all these things happen rather than stand up to the roughly 50 Tea Party members in his caucus.

Pathetic is too kind of a word.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on October 16, 2013 - 9:48 pm

    Some comments on tonight’s votes.

    The Senate voted 81-18 to pass the bill. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) voted in favor of keeping the U.S. government shut down and crashing the world economy.

    The House roll call vote was 285-144. Rep. Matheson (D-UT) voted yes. The Utah Republican House members — Reps, Bishop, Chaffetz, and Stewart voted to keep the government shut down and crash the world economy.

    The 16-day Republican Shutdown cost us $24 billion in lost economic activity. It’s as if they burned a giant pile of our money on the Capitol lawn.

    States such as Utah that donated money to reopen national parks will not be paid back unless Congress passes a special appropriation.

    The CR funds the government only through January 15, 2014, and suspends the debt ceiling until February 7.

    The austerity (sequester) budget (essentially the same as the Ryan budget rejected in last year’s election) remains in place.

    Tonight as the President was leaving a brief press conference, a reporter asked, “Isn’t this going to happen all over again in a few months?” Obama turned and replied: “No.”

  2. #2 by cav on October 16, 2013 - 10:12 pm

    Now that the Republicans have saved us from another catastrophe, what will they do next to improve the lives all Americans.

  3. #3 by cav on October 16, 2013 - 10:24 pm

    I know…serious negotiations about entitlement reform. Take a bow, Team Red. Nicely done, Mr. Cruz.

    Somehow my snark tags have been sequestered.

    • #6 by Larry Bergan on October 17, 2013 - 10:02 pm

      How does this blob still have a radio show?

      His sponsors have been sprinting away from him.

      The only analogy I can come up with is an old B-grade movie called “Weekend at Bernies”.

      Why do some in corporate America continue to prop this slouch up?

    • #8 by brewski on October 17, 2013 - 1:26 pm

      Too bad it is false.

      • #9 by Richard Warnick on October 17, 2013 - 1:39 pm

        What did the Republicans get from their list of demands?

        • #10 by brewski on October 17, 2013 - 2:58 pm

          The White House Ministry of Propaganda graphic an obvious partisan low budget lie. At no time did anyone ever say “Deny Coverage to the President” or anyone else for that matter. That sort of crap is the type of thing makes makes MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and anyone who watches her or links her to be a completely uneducated ignorant joke. You know full well that the law says that that those people are supposed to buy their own insurance on the exchanges like anyone else. That is a far far far way from “Deny Coverage”.

          Among other lies, but you really don’t care about lying, do you?

          • #11 by Richard Warnick on October 17, 2013 - 3:43 pm

            Federal employees, including the President, members of Congress and congressional staff, have health coverage via Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB). The Tea-GOP sought to deny this coverage.

        • #12 by brewski on October 17, 2013 - 5:45 pm

          Dear Mrs. Wasserman Schultz,
          Buying insurance on the exchanges is not “denying coverage”. If that is the case then 30 million Americans are going to be “denied coverage”.

    • #13 by Larry Bergan on October 17, 2013 - 9:26 pm

      Best screen save EVER Richard!

  4. #15 by Larry Bergan on October 17, 2013 - 9:21 pm

    The talking point of every “news” organization – sadly including NPR – was to cover the horse race. You know – breathlessly saying:

    “Who’s going to blink first? Republicans or Democrats”

    Half sane Republicans didn’t just blink; they shit in their pampers.

    Orrin Hatch is dissing himself from the Heritage Foundation. What else do you need to know?

    It’s a great day in the morning!

  5. #16 by cav on October 17, 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Rove claims Obama snookered the GOP, by setting a trap that they fell into, and then refusing to pay up on their demands.

    Translation – the repub’s, those astute, savvy, constitutional-clutching nimrods got caught with their intelligence down, they shouldn’t be in charge? And it’s a good thing they aren’t?

  6. #17 by Larry Bergan on October 17, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    The teabaggers are cooked:

    The fork will have the last say.

  7. #18 by cav on October 18, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Now the Parks are finally re-opened…

    “Three adult Boy Scout leaders may face charges for toppling an approximately 170-million-year-old rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday.

    The men, named on the Tribune YouTube page as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, filmed themselves knocking over one of the formations known as “goblins,” and cheering after the rocks came down. The video was posted to Facebook and obtained by the Tribune.

    “Some little kid was about ready to walk down here and die and Glenn saved his life by getting the boulder out of the way,” the person taping the event is heard saying in the video. “So it’s all about saving lives here at Goblin Valley.”


  8. #19 by Larry Bergan on October 18, 2013 - 8:10 pm


    Too many truck ads.

    Distorts your brain it does.

  9. #20 by cav on October 19, 2013 - 8:45 am

    RMoney sued under the RICO Statutes

    Los Angeles – Steven (“Laser”) Haas owns Collateral Logistics, Inc., (“CLI”) locally. Haas sued Mitt Romney for $100 million today for Racketeering in the Central Federal District Court in Los Angeles at 3:47 pm. The case was assigned to the Honorable District Justice Stephen V. Wilson presiding; and Magistrate Justice Alicia G. Rosenberg to hear discovery motions.

    Also named in the lawsuit as “Defendants” are Goldman Sachs

    Nature of Proceeding

    The case is titled “Haas v Romney” and is assigned docket number CV13-07738. District Court Clerk’s office remarked that it may take several days to scan in the initial Complaint.

    CLI’s owner Steven Haas (more commonly known as Laser) was compelled to file the Complaint in an alternative venue. The Delaware Bankruptcy Court Justice Mary F Walrath refused to address issues that Plaintiff Haas alleges are frauds upon the court and organized crimes by RICO Romney and his Gang.

    Civil Racketeering complaints permit a plaintiff to become a “Private Attorney General” to address issues of “Prosecutorial Gaps”. Plaintiff Laser Haas claims that such prosecution gaps exist. The litigant alleges the former United States Attorney in Delaware (Colm F Connolly) had been a partner at the MNAT law firm in 2001. MNAT represents Goldman Sachs/ Bain Capital.


  10. #21 by Mystery Histories on November 7, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    1st Amended Complaint filed in case of

    Haas v Romney


  11. #22 by cav on November 7, 2013 - 7:27 pm

    The wheels of justice seem to lubricated with sand.

    May it grind forward just the same. Then the Other one, and then the other one…till we get em all.

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